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In this episode of Empire, Cookie & Hakeem come face-to-face with Hakeem’s kidnappers and Andre attempts to turn Gutter Life Records into a Christian Rap label.

Empire - Precious Moments

YOU GOT THIS BABY

Precious, um… Becky the assistant has her first sexy scene. Her new man, J Poppa, buffed up in only his boxers, begs her to stay a little longer. (Not judging, but sometimes you want to unsee certain things you’ve seen.) Late for work, Becky arrives unprepared for Andre’s staff meeting where they are discussing the future of all the artists on Gutta Life Records…including J Poppa.

Empire - The Cowboys

PUNK ASS COWBOYS

“What! Y’all a bunch of punk ass cowboys?”, yells a bound Hakeem as he glimpses the “ox-head” brand on the backs of the three kidnappers holding him in an abandoned warehouse. Hakeem gets clocked in the head with a glock and falls on a battered leather couch with blood flowing from the gash above his eye.

Empire - Hakeem Packing Heat

WELCOME TO MY STREETS BITCH

On the advice of her new love interest security manager Laz Delgado, Cookie arranges a meetup with Hakeem‘s kidnappers in an effort to quash the attacks against Lyon Dynasty. Hakeem, hearing voices and paranoid after the attack, pulls out a Glock on the kidnappers. Cookie talks him down, snatches the pistol herself and tells the “bitches” that they now work for her.

Empire-2015-11-04 - Freda Gatz

ONE SHOT TO THE NECK BOY

Freda Gatz takes the Leviticus stage for a Gutta Life Records showcase and is heckled by a dude who calls her an “ugly bitch.” A hothead, Freda kicks him off the stage as the crowd roars. Watching from the sidelines, Andre tells Lucious that Freda is a liability — just like Death Row Records was a liability to former parent company, Seagrams. Lucious tells him Freda is not up for discussion, but Andre tries to flex:

“You put me in charge.” – Andre

“No, I put you in place. Don’t confuse the two.” – Lucious

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

Empire-2015-11-04 - Cookie Having Sex

YOU SAID YOU GOT ME, RIGHT?

Small world. Cookie’s new jumpoff, Laz, has the same “ox-head” brand on his back as the kidnappers! (Cookie seems to have a thing for “heads” of security.)